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Halloween Guide: Haunted Hayrides, Corn Mazes, and Pumpkin Picking

Celebrate Halloween early this weekend with a number of hauntingly fun activities

Trick or treating may keep the kids occupied one day of the year, but who says you can't celebrate Halloween all month long?

Whether you prefer haunted houses, corn mazes, hayrides, or pumpkin picking, this year's local Halloween brew has something for everyone.

Check out all the Halloween events we found in East Windsor and Cranbury:

 

The Firefighters at East Windsor Fire #2 celebrate Halloween with all the members of their community Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy a free day of DJ music, rock and roll thriller songs, and party games with members of the community in costumes.

 

Corner Copia in East Windsor features a 10-acre, Medusa themed corn maze open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Refreshments, pumpkin picking, a Trick-or-Treat trail, and HallowScream Dance Party are also available on site for added enjoyment.

The most ghoulish attraction, however, is the Corner of Chaos: Scream Acres

Corner of Chaos is open Fridays and Saturdays from 7–11 p.m., or Sunday evenings from 7–10 p.m. The farm features four haunted attractions: three self-guided walking mazes, The Nightmare MachineWooded Wasteland, and Barbaric Barnyard, and one guided wagon tour Wicked Wagon Ride. Each attraction presents its victims with a terrifying back-story and lurking figures.

Also feaured are a number of shows, including Sideshow Inferno, a showcase of fire breathing and juggling, belly dancing, sword-balancing, whip-cracking, and more.

 

Also in East Windsor is K&S Farms, which features a variety of daytime and nighttime Halloween activities.

Open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunshine Acres is a family friendly center for pumpkin picking, free hayrides, and a cornmaze.

Come nightfall, the farm is transformed into the haunted attraction Field of Terror. The haunted farm is open Fridays and Saturdays from 7–11 p.m. and Thursdays and Sundays 7–10 p.m.

For the faint of heart, the farm hosts a "safe" area with a straw bale maze and a famly friendly flashlight corn maze.

For the less squemish, the farm hosts four terrifying attractions including the Killer Kornfield, Zombie Attack Haunted Hayride, the Unknown Barn, and Dementia 3D Haunted Barn.

The farm also hosts one of the most unique 5K runs on Nov. 2, the Zombie Mud Run. The post-apocalyptic-themed run combines running, obstacles and mud, and zombies. Participants choose to be cast as either one of the few human survivors or an infected zombie seeking to feast on as much human flesh as possible.

The Humans run with a flag football belt with three flags. The flags represent vital organs: the brain, heart, and entrails. The Zombies are stationed along the race course trying to feast on vital organs, or capture the flags.

If a participant finishes the race with one or more flags, they survive. If the zombies capture all of a racer's flags, they are infected with the living dead virus and die, or at least they don’t win the race.

 

For those looking for less intense Halloween activities, both Lee Turkey Farm in East Windsor and Stults Farm in Cranbury feature pumpkin picking and hayrides.

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